19th March 2013
Finland: 50,000 sign petition in one day forcing lawmakers to consider equal marriage 11
3:40 PM — After taking just one day to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition in order to force lawmakers to consider an equal marriage bill, pensioners delivered the petition to parliament.
Poll: 53% of Americans support equal marriage 3
2:30 PM — A new poll by CNN has found that over half of Americans are in support of equal marriage, but that there are major generational and partisan divides, as well as a gender gap.
US: Poll shows support for nationwide same-sex marriage is at an all-time high 2
1:47 PM — A poll by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that support for same-sex marriage is a "mirror image" of ten years ago, with 58% of the population now supporting it.
18th March 2013
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Video: Hillary Clinton comes out in support of equal marriage 39
3:29 PM — The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality "breathtaking and inspiring".
Australia: Liberal MP predicts Coalition will ‘evolve’ to support marriage equality 6
12:00 PM — Australian Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer has said she predicts the centre-right coalition, which whipped its MPs to vote against equal marriage last year, will become more accepting of same-sex marriage over time.
17th March 2013
US: Top Republican says there is ‘no doubt’ more young party members are pro-marriage equality 3
9:01 PM — The Governor of Wisconsin said on Saturday that he wasn't ruling out a 2016 Presidency bid, then on Sunday told interviewers that young Republicans didn't "resonate" with the party's anti-equal marriage stance.
16th March 2013
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
US Christians: A Republican supporting his gay son is like a parent supporting a child who drink drives 106
12:26 PM — A Christian group has mocked a Republican senator who changed his views on same-sex marriage after his son came out, comparing homosexuality to drink driving.
Russian Orthodox group looked to sue US for Alaska to save it from same-sex marriage 22
12:15 PM — A Russian religious conservative group filed a claim in court to sue the US for Alaska, which it bought from Russia in 1867. Their reasoning was they wanted to protect Alaskan Orthodox Christians from the 'sin' of same-sex marriage.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.
Supreme Court grants Obama administration the right to argue same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional 13
12:02 AM — President Obama's administration has been granted the opportunity to argue to the US Supreme Court that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
15th March 2013
France: Plans for anti-same-sex marriage Champs Elysees march refused by police 8
2:25 PM — French police have refused permission to hold a mass anti-equal marriage march on the Champs Elysees, one of Paris' most famous landmarks.
US: Hardline anti-equal marriage Senator reverses position over son’s coming out 23
11:52 AM — A Republican Senator previously known for his staunch opposition of marriage equality has done a complete u-turn on his position, saying his son's coming out as gay made him change his mind.
14th March 2013
Poll: Majority of Americans believe legalisation of same-sex marriage is inevitable 2
6:04 PM — A poll has shown that the majority of Americans believe same-sex marriage will be legalised, and also reveals the some feel discrimination against gay people and couples by certain professions should be allowed.
US: Top lawyer predicts that the US Supreme Court will support equal marriage 17
1:48 PM — The head of a well-known law firm and top attorney has said that he expects the US Supreme Court to resoundingly support equal marriage, when it takes on two cases challenging equal marriage bans in America.
New Zealand: Equal marriage passes critical second vote 15
11:23 AM — Lawmakers in New Zealand voted 77 to 44 yesterday to pass same-sex marriage legislation. The bill will now go to a final vote, but it is widely believed that it has passed the critical hurdle and should have a smooth course into becoming law.
13th March 2013
New Pope Francis believes same-sex marriage and gay adoption are the Devil’s work 157
10:33 PM — The new pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Argentinean, who will be known as Pope Francis, has in the past described same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting as a "destructive attack on God's plan."
US: Illinois State Representative says gay couples have ‘disordered relationships’ 29
2:39 PM — A representative in the US state of Illinois has taken what she called a "courageous" stance against equal marriage, and defended "natural" marriage, by saying gay people have "disordered relationships".
Indonesia: Judge issues apology for speaking out against equal marriage
1:08 PM — A judge in Indonesia's constitutional court has issued an apology after making a statement against equal marriage during proceedings at the House of Representatives.